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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Read to Lead Podcast Jeff Brown

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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

    529: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed with Kelly Palmer (an Encore Presentation of Episode 234)

    529: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed with Kelly Palmer (an Encore Presentation of Episode 234)

    Keeping our skills in sync with fast-changing markets is the biggest challenge of our time

    So says my guest today, Kelly Palmer, and her co-author David Blake.



    Kelly and David have written a brand new book called The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed.

    They say that, in order for companies and their employees to succeed, they need to focus on building skills for the future. The book shows how the most forward-thinking companies, big and small, are transforming their employees into experts and, ultimately, creating their biggest competitive advantage.

    Listen in below as Kelly shares her “expertise” on The Expertise Economy.

    Join in on our chat below

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    In today’s episode, I ask Kelly to share:



    * Her thoughts on how much college still matters

    * Ways your organization can lead the charge in learning and excel at closing the skills gap

    * The end of the 3-phase career and ageism in the workplace

    * …and plenty more! 





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    Kelly’s Book

    You can order The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed right now!

    Kelly in Action



    Books Kelly Recommends

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

    The 100 Year Life: Living and Working In an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

    The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different by Todd Rose

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

    Check Out These Resources

    Visit Kelly’s website for more about her and her work.

    Be sure and grab your copy of Kelly’s book now.

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    528: The Only Business Metric That Matters is Ideaflow with Jeremy Utley (an Encore Presentation of Episode 446)

    528: The Only Business Metric That Matters is Ideaflow with Jeremy Utley (an Encore Presentation of Episode 446)

    My guest today asserts that we all want great ideas, but few of us actually understand how great ideas are born. Innovation, he says, is not an event, a workshop, a sprint, or a hackathon.













    It’s a result of mastering ideaflow, a practice that elevates everything else you do.







    His name is Jeremy Utley, and he is the coauthor, along with Perry Klebahn of IDEAFLOW: The Only Business Metric That Matters.







    They advocate a simple core principle: ideas matter. Instead of focusing on output, innovators focus on input. Instead of obsessing over quality, innovators generate quantity.







    They argue that every problem is an idea problem at its core, and changing the way you think about any problem will unleash success. Innovation is a volume game, and the quantity of ideas drives quality.







    Intrigued? Click the play button below to learn more Jeremy and his book.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, I ask Jeremy to share why he believes:









    * There’s no such thing as a creative person; rather it’s a skillset you develop or don’t







    * Creativity is important to every organization, not just the “creative” ones







    * Some of the misconceptions that keep individuals and teams from innovating more routinely







    * And lots more!









    Jeremy’s New Book (written with Perry Klebahn)







    Order you copy of IDEAFLOW: The Only Business Metric Matters right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Join Note-Making Mastery Cohort 3 Now!







    Get all the details here (space is limited)!







    Jeremy in Action



















    Books Jeremy Recommends







    Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman







    The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner







    Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

    • 43 min
    527: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive with Jordan Raynor (an Encore Presentation of Episode 422)

    527: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive with Jordan Raynor (an Encore Presentation of Episode 422)

    I love books on the topic of productivity. It’s a topic about which plenty of books have written. Some might argue we don’t need any more books on productivity.













    That is not the case for the latest productivity book I read. It’s now at the top of the list of best all-time productivity books in my view.







    It’s written by author Jordan Raynor and it’s called Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present & Wildly Productive.







    Jordan is a serial entrepreneur. He also serves as executive chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech start-up that has built the world’s largest library of 360-degree virtual experiences of hotels, restaurants, and attractions.







    He’s a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of faith and work; he has spoken at Harvard University, SXSW, and many other events around the world.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jordan and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, Jordan and I chat about:









    * What he means when he says peace of mind is not the result of what we do, but the source. 







    * The importance of using one commitment tracking system and why your email inbox is a terrible tool for this. 







    * Practical tips for dealing with all the noise in our daily lives







    * And lots more!









    Order Jordan’s Book







    You can order your copy of Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present & Wildly Productive right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Jordan in Action



















    Books That Jordan Recommends







    Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller







    Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight







    Check Out These Additional Resources







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    • 41 min
    526: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity with Steve Shwartz (an Encore Presentation of Episode 384)

    526: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity with Steve Shwartz (an Encore Presentation of Episode 384)

    My friend and former mastermind group member, Steve Sponseller, was kind of enough to introduce me to today’s guest a few months ago and I am thrilled he did.













    His name is also Steve. Steve Shwartz to be specific: AI expert, investor, and serial entrepreneur.







    Steve began his AI career working with Roger Schank as a postdoctoral researcher in the Yale University Artificial Intelligence Lab. Steve was a founder or cofounder of several AI companies, one of which created the award-winning Esperant business intelligence product. 







    As the AI Winter of the 1990s set in, Steve transitioned into a career as a successful serial software entrepreneur and investor and created several companies that were either acquired or had public offerings. 







    His new book has probably my favorite title of the last couple of years. It’s called Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Steve and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, Steve and I chat about:









    * His frustrations with how AI has been covered in the media, and in popular culture







    * The fears worth having with regard to AI







    * AI deception and anthropomorphism….







    * And lots more…









    Order Steve’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity right now!







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too and get 40% off for a limited time!







    Purchase a copy of my upcoming book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career before August 31, 2021, and you’ll receive $500 in pre-order bonuses!







    Steve in Action



















    Books Steve Recommends







    Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding by Roger C. Schank

    • 23 min
    525: Extending Your Mind Through Connected Notes with Jorge Arango

    525: Extending Your Mind Through Connected Notes with Jorge Arango

    If there is a topic that has captured my attention more in the last three to four years, I don’t know what it is. I’m talking about the art of note-taking or, as I like to call it, note-making.













    It’s a phrase that makes a subtle distinction between notes we capture for learning (note-taking), and notes we write to help us think (note-making).







    Better thinking makes you a better person.







    And few things extend your mind as quickly and powerfully as the humble note. Notes let you fulfill commitments, manage complicated projects, and make your ideas real.







    Digital notes take you even further.







    By using the right tools and a bit of discipline, you can cultivate a “personal knowledge garden” where your thinking will blossom.







    With this in mind, I’m excited to introduce to you the new book from Jorge Arango called Duly Noted: Extend Your Mind Through Connected Notes.







    Jorge and I think a lot alike when it comes to this topic. We even use many of the same tools to capture notes, to store notes, and to do our thinking.







    If you’re looking to get out from under the plethora of information coming out you every single day (and isn’t going away any time soon), then you’re in the right place.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jorge and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, I ask Jorge about:









    * What’s crucial for us to know in order to take better notes







    * How to connect notes to create a network of ideas 







    * Why it’s important for us to share our thinking along the way







    * And lots more!









    Order Jorge’s Book







    You can order your copy of Duly Noted: Extend Your Mind Through Connected Notes right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out.







    Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a t...

    • 40 min
    524: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life with Marcus Buckingham (an Encore Presentation of Episode 417)

    524: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life with Marcus Buckingham (an Encore Presentation of Episode 417)

    What an awesome and incredibly important discussion I have for you today! It’s my long-awaited sit-down with none other than Marcus Buckingham.













    I first got the chance to hear Marcus speak fifteen, or maybe, twenty years ago at the annual Global Leadership Summit in Chicago. Marcus was captivating AND inspiring that day.







    His new book is fantastic! And, the good news for you is, it officially releases TODAY! It’s called Love + Work: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life.







    So, say you’ve long been told to “Do what you love.” Sounds simple, but the real challenge is how to do this in a world not set up to help you.







    Most of us actually don’t know the real truth of what we love—what engages us and makes us thrive—and our workplaces, jobs, schools, even our parents, are focused instead on making us conform.







    Sadly, no person or system is dedicated to discovering the crucial intersection between what you love to do and how you contribute it to others.







    But Marcus shows you how to break free from this conformity—how to decode your own loves, turn them into their most powerful expression, and do the same for those you lead and those you love.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Marcus and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | RSS















    In today’s episode, Marcus and I chat about:









    * How the key to finding what you love might be right under your nose







    * The “you-ness” that you’re born with, and how it’s not caused by our experiences growing up







    * What a healthy career really looks like







    * And lots more!









    Order Marcus’ Book







    You can order your copy of Love + Work: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Marcus in Action (Book Trailer)



















    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Marcus’ boo...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
506 Ratings

506 Ratings

vaugheli ,

Insightful and Engaging!

First and foremost- Jeff Brown’s interviewing style is super engaging and he holds such a smooth flow in conversations making the listening experience enjoyable and the listeners wanting more!
I loved the episode with Damon Lembi, the ‘Learnit All Leader’. In this particular episode the conversation focuses on self-improvement as a cornerstone for effective leadership which was particularly inspiring for me. 6/5 stars!

madi micucci ,

Insightful conversations!

I love that Jeff advocates for reading in the age of bite sized information! Recently listened in ep 490 with Damon Lembi and loved the conversation about making failure impossible by going all- in on learning.

MaryPern ,

A wonderful podcast

Love this podcast! Jeff's passion for literature and leadership is infectious, creating a space where listeners can embark on a transformative journey through the power of books. The engaging conversations provide a wealth of knowledge and practical takeaways for both avid readers and aspiring leaders. The interview with Damon Lembi was one of my favorite episodes yet!

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